Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dave Koz & Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas (2001)

Cohesiveness is what separates this all-star Christmas release from the others. During the last four years, Dave Koz, vocalist Brenda Russell, pianist David Benoit, guitarist Peter White, and trumpeter Rick Braun have hit the road spreading holiday cheer among the smooth-jazz masses and their collaborative ease is palpable throughout these 14 tracks. Benoit is featured on "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," while Koz adds one of his best solos. Braun has the spotlight on "Little Drummer Boy," where Benoit shines too, and White highlights "Silent Night." All five players are credited for arrangements on most tracks, the craftiest of which is the '50's doo-wop of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," where you can almost hear the Drifters singing in the background. Russell also does a holiday version of her hit "Get Here," which is as powerful now as it was 10 years ago during the Gulf War. --Mark Ruffin
Tracklist:
01. Dave Koz, Peter White, David Benoit, Rick Braun, Brenda Russell / Smooth Jazz Christmas Overture 08:32
02. Dave Koz, Peter White, David Benoit, Rick Braun, Brenda Russell / The Christmas Song 04:55
03. Dave Koz, Peter White, David Benoit, Rick Braun, Brenda Russell / O'Tannenbaum/Sleigh Ride Medley 04:04
04. Peter White / Silent Night 04:34
05. Dave Koz and David Benoit / Beneath The Moonlit Sky 03:04
06. Rick Braun / Little Drummer Boy 04:27
07. David Benoit / Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 04:09
08. Kenny Loggins / December Makes Me Feel This Way 03:39
09. Brenda Russell / Boogie Woogie Santa Claus 03:19
10. Dave Koz and Peter White / Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 03:49
11. Brenda Russell, David Benoit and Dave Koz / White Christmas 03:22
12. Dave Koz / Eight Candles 03:36
13. Brenda Russell / Get Here 04:58
14. Dave Koz, Peter White, David Benoit, Rick Braun, Brenda Russell / 'Twas The Night Before Christmas 03:57
Personnel:
Bill Sharpe - Bass
Brenda Russell - Vocals
Brian Kilgore - Percussion
Bridgette Bryant - Vocals (Background)
Dave Koz - Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Handclapping, Main Performer
David Benoit - Piano
Esterlee Nicholson - Vocals (Background)
John Hendrickson - Handclapping
Julian Raymond - Handclapping
Kenny Loggins - Vocals
Nick Lane - Trombone (Bass), Trombone (Tenor)
Paula Salvatore - Handclapping
Peter White - Guitar (Acoustic), Accordion
Rick Braun - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Handclapping
Sandy Simmons - Vocals (Background)
Stephen Theard - Drums
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Jim Brickman: A Christmas Celebration (2010)

Grammy nominated pianist Jim Brickman presents his fifteenth anniversary collection, titled "A Christmas Celebration". This fascinating CD combines unique and special live performances, recorded during the musician's annual holiday tour. Guest artists include Orla Fallon, Victoria Shaw, Anne Cochran, Jeff Timmons, and Tracy Silverman.
Tracklist:
Disc 1
01 People Get Ready
02 Joy To The World
03 The Gift
04 Greensleeves , We Three Kings
05 Carol Of The Bells
06 Sending You A Little Christmas
07 Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
08 O Come O Come Emmanuel
09 O Holy Night
10 O Come All Ye Faithful
11 Jingle Bells
12 Silent Night
13 I'll Be Home For Christmas
14 Peace
Disc 2
01 The First Noel , Silver Bells
02 Hear Me
03 Star Of Night
04 Amazing Grace , Jesu Joy
05 Without You In My Life
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Gary Meek: ST (1991)

Gary Meek began playing piano at age five. He took up clarinet in junior high school and switched to alto sax to join the high school's jazz band. His early musical influences were a mix of his older sisters pop records and his fathers swing collection. He kept playing both instruments until today. While studying at the Grove School of Music and playing Jazz at the LA Jazz Workshops during the early 80s, he played keyboards to make a living. His big break came in 1986 when he became keyboarder for Dionne Warwicks worldwide tour. When returning from the tour, he started cooperating with Airto Moreira and Flora Purim as well as Jeff Lorber, who also performed on his first solo album. His style combines latin and funk with jazz improvisations. He composes in his home studio with an assortment of keyboards, a Apple Mac computer with "Performer" software and an ADAT recorder. For actual albums he prefers working with real musicians.
Tracklist:
1. Shuffle
2. My Song For Donna
3. Struck by Lightning
4. Cats
5. Passage
6. I'll Be Here
7. Triple Play
8. Bingo Bango Bongo
9. Tours From Hell
10. Hey You
11. Fun in the D.D.R.
Personnel:
Gary Meek - soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, keyboards
Flora Purim - vocals
Howard "Buzz" Feiten - guitar
Steve Bach - accordion, piano
Jeff Lorber - keyboards, drums, keyboard programming
Bob Harrison - acoustic bass
Airto Moreira - drums
Michael Shapiro - drums
Brad Dutz - percussion
Yutaka Yokohura - keyboard programming
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Monday, December 27, 2010

Oscar Peterson: An Oscar Peterson Christmas (1995)

Like a delicious holiday turkey, An Oscar Peterson Christmas is nothing fancy, but easy to digest and something to look forward to every year. The legendary Canadian pianist works his way through fourteen Christmas standards with a quartet featuring Lorne Lofsky on guitar, Dave Young on bass and Jerry Fuller on drums. Guesting on a couple of tracks each are Dave Samuels on vibraphone and Jack Schantz on flugelhorn.Tracklist:
01. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (3:26)
02. What Child Iis This? (4:49)
03. Let it Snow (3:42)
04. White Christmas (3:51)
05. Jingle Bells (3:17)
06. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (2:49)
07. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (3:31)
08. O Little Town of Bethlehem (3:17)
09. Christmas Waltz (6:54)
10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (3:59)
11. Silent Night (3:10)
12. Winter Wonderland (4:10)
13. Away in a Manger (3:36)
14. O Christmas Tree (2:15)
Personnel: Oscar Peterson - piano; Jack Schantz - flugelhorn; Dave Samuels - vibraphone; Lorne Lofsky - guitar; David Young - bass; Jerry Fuller - drums; string ensemble; Rick Wilkins - conductor
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Arranger Rick Wilkins sweetens a few of the tracks with a string ensemble that is for the most part unobtrusive, but adds some colour to what Peterson and his cohorts are doing.
So what features characterize Christmas, Oscar Peterson-style?
Fun
On many tracks, Peterson locks into a lightly swinging, finger-snapping groove that casts even usually melancholic songs like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” in an upbeat light. He also fashions some of the tunes with nicely arranged introductions, such as a bewitching repetitive figure on “Jingle Bells,” and something straight out the book of Miles Davis on “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” Solo space for both Peterson and Lofsky is limited, but both make the most of it, especially when they dig into the changes on “Winter Wonderland.”
Reverence
While Peterson and the band sound like they’re having a ball throughout most of the album, the moments of levity are broken up by flashes of seriousness. A leisurely tempo is adopted for the Sinatra chestnut “The Christmas Waltz,” as well as “White Christmas” and this choice results in two moving ballad performances. For many of the album’s traditional carols, Peterson just concentrates on melody and forgoes any improvising. This very un-jazz like approach only really works on “Silent Night” and tends to bog down an album which is primarily upbeat.
On the surface, fun and reverence seem to be contradictory, but both emotions are rooted deeply in the Christmas season. It is a time to draw near to friends and family and to break away from the hustle-and-bustle of the rat race. But, it is also a time to reflect and count blessings. Intentionally or not, Peterson has created an album that captures both emotions.

Antoine Roney: The Traveler (1992)

Antoine Roney (born April 1, 1963) is an American jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist, brother to trumpeter Wallace Roney.
Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts of the D. C. Public Schools and attended college at The Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford, where he studied with alto saxophonist, Jackie McLean.
Throughout the 80's and 90's he worked with Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Clifford Jordan, Ted Curson, John Patton, Rashied Ali, Arthur Taylor, Jesse Davis, Ravi Coltrane, Michael Carvin, Geri Allen, Chick Corea and Elvin Jones and has released 5 albums as a leader.
Tracklist:
1. The Traveler
2. The Cry Of...
3. Chief Rahab
4. Mayan Owl
5. Tempus Fugit
6. On Green Dolphin Street
7. Estate (In Summer)
8. Weaver Of Dreams
9. Bean And The Boys
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Rene Toledo: The Dreamer (1992)

On this CD, guitarist Rene Toledo displays great compositional skills and a very attractive sound in a style of lovely instrumental Latin Jazz.
Tracklist:01. South Beach – 05:24
02. Felicia – 05:49
03. Sunburst – 04:37
04. This Song is for You – 04:33
05. The Dreamer – 04:39
06. Amanecer – 06:07
07. The Land – 05:24
08. Beatiful Sadness – 04:50
09. Glasgow's Waltz – 04:38
10. The Traveller – 05:39
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Bobby Caldwell: Solid Ground (1991)

Bobby Caldwell (born August 15, 1951 in New York City) is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, despite a prolific musical output over his 30-year career, is still best known for his 1978 hit single "What You Won't Do for Love." While he has always maintained a devoted fan base in the United States, a more legendary status has been bestowed upon him in Japan .
Tracklist:
1. Don't lead me on
2. Stuck on you
3. Cry
4. Janet
5. Without your love
6. Promised land
7. Don't give me bad news
8. Solid ground
9. Back to you
10. Every man
Personnel:
Vocals: Bobby Caldwell, Marilyn Scott
Guitars: Bobby Caldwell, Dennis Budmir, Michael Thompson, Allen Hinds
Keyboards: Bobby Caldwell
Bass: Bobby Caldwell, John Patitucci
Percussion: Debra Dobkin
Vibes: Emil Richards
Sax: Dave Koz, Richard Elliot
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

V.A.: GRP Christmas Collection Vol. 3 (1993)

GRP's third edition features key artists, e.g. Dave Grusin, David Benoit, Diane Schuur and Tom Scott, who have appeared on the previous volumes returning to render their interpretations of new Christmas material. GRP artists appearing for the first time on any holiday recording include Yellowjackets performing "Go Tell It on the Mountain," and B.B. King's joyful "Merry Christmas, Baby," and Billy Taylor swinging the traditional "Deck the Halls..." ”
Tracklist
1. Feliz Navidad - Tom Scott - 4:17
2. Merry Christmas Baby - B.B. King - 3:57
3. Hark The Herald Angels Sing - Ramsey Lewis - 4:25
4. O Little Town Of Bethlehem - David Benoit - 4:35
5. I'll Be Home For Christmas - Diane Schuur - 4:16
6. Go Tell It On The Mountain - Yellowjackets - 4:32
7. There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays - Sergio Salvatore - 5:32
8. Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming - Dave Grusin - 5:25
9. Joy To The World - Kim Pensyl - 2:32
10. Deck The Halls - Billy Taylor - 3:52
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lew Soloff: Yesterdays (1986)

Lew Soloff ia s brilliant high-note trumpeter long in great demand for big bands and session work. He is also a distinctive soloist and an expert with the plunger mute. After studying at Juilliard, he freelanced in New York with Maynard Ferguson, Joe Henderson, and Clark Terry, among others, and then was a part of Blood, Sweat & Tears during 1968-1973. Soloff was closely associated with Gil Evans from 1973 on, and also played with George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band, the Manhattan Jazz Quintet, and Carla Bley; he was also teamed with the colorful trombonist Ray Anderson on several often-humorous recordings.
A stunning album of fusion-treated jazz standards, 'Yesterdays" includes several original compositions by Soloff and features Mike Stern (g), Charnett Moffett (b), and Elvin Jones (d). Mike Stern's guitar work is featured prominently throughout.
Tracklist:
1.Yesterdays - Harbach, Kern 9:46
2.Barbara - Silver 8:55
3.Beautiful Mimi - Soloff 3:37
4.All Blues - Davis 8:59
5.Thaddeus - Soloff 6:28
6.Little Laura - Soloff 6:00
7.Antigua - Prince 7:21
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Reinhard Flatischler Megadrum: Layers of Time (1996)

The sixth entry in Flatischler's Megadrums series finds him working with percussionists Zakir Hussain, Airto Moreira, Valerie Naranjo, Glen Velez and Milton Cardona, as well as saxophonist and flutist Wolfgang Puschnig. The resulting album blurs boundaries between world music and new age, building percussion layers into cycles and spirals that become hypnotic, pulses beginning in deep, long tones that evolve into mid-range tones that become gradually more staccato. Layers of Time is a progressive work, in that the opening rhythms are gradually and subtly altered to allow each individual piece to blend with those preceding and following (the opening of the album is emphatic). Layers of Time is easily comparable to Mickey Hart's Planet Drum and At the Edge in that it reveals the inherent ability of percussion instruments to fully support extended musical pieces without falling prey to monotony and simple repetition.
Tracklist:
1
Ancient Feelings
 
2
Layers of Time
 
3
Olua - Reinhard Flatischler, Traditional
 
4
Mahakal
 
5
Bardo
 
6
Tschung Mori
 
7
Parab�o
 
8
Ga Ma La
 
9
Geckos in Bahia

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

UZEB: Absolutely Live (1986)

UZEB was a Canadian jazz fusion band from Montreal, Quebec, who were active from 1976 to 1992. The members were Alain Caron (bass guitar), Michel Cusson (guitar), and Paul Brochu (drums). UZEB had a blend of skilled playing and modern synthesized timbres, along with an emphasis on original compositions. The band won a number of Canadian awards during the 1980s. By 1989, international sales of UZEB's first eight recordings had exceeded 200,000 units, which the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada calls "an unprecedented figure for a Canadian jazz group."
Tracklist:
01 - Ouverture No. 5
02 - Format
03 - Tiny Twins
04 - The Kid
05 - Pork Chops
Personnel:
Paul Brochu - drums
Alain Caron - bass
Michel Cusson - guitars
Didier Lockwood - violin
Jean St Jacques - keyboards
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Bob Mintzer Big Band: Homage To Count Basie (2000)

Count Basie was undoubtedly one of the most influential bandleaders in jazz history. It seems only logical then that saxophonist Bob Mintzer (who has dedicated most of his career to big-band music) would sooner or later record a tribute to the great father of swing. Joined by many of the top New York City-based jazz players including Pete Yellin on reeds, Scott Wendholt on trumpet, Phil Markowitz on piano, Dennis Irwin on bass, and John Riley on drums, Mintzer and group create a touching homage to the Count.
We hear five tunes commonly associated with Basie on this disc. Among them are smart versions of "Cute," "April in Paris," and "Shiny Stockings." In addition, we are treated to three compositions by Mintzer himself, each reflecting the Basie style in one way or another. As a modernist, Mintzer adds a contemporary flair to otherwise classic swing charts such as "Lil' Darling" and "One O'Clock Jump," but it's the spirit of the music, not the harmonic vocabulary, that really matters here. For Basie, the key ingredient was always swing. Thankfully, Mintzer's music and ensemble live up to that great Basie reputation by swinging these charts just right.
• HOMAGE TO COUNT BASIE won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album •
Tracklist:
1. Havin' Some Fun (B.Mintzer) [7:56]
2. April In Paris (V.Duke & E.Harburg) [6:07]
3. One O'Click Jump [YouTube] (C.Basie) [11:16]
4. Lester Jumps Out (B.Mintzer) [9:20]
5. Cute (N.Hefti) [5:57]
6. Shinny Stockings (F.Foster) [7:45]
7. Home Basie (B.Mintzer) [4:12]
8. Lil' Darlin' (N.Hefti) [8:44]
Personnel:
Bob Mintzer Big Band:
Saxophones:
Lawrence Feldman & Pete Yellin (alto, clarinet & flute)
Scott Robinson & Bob Mintzer (tenor, clarinet & flute)
Roger Rosenberg (baritone)
Trumpets/Flugelhorns: Bob Millikan, Byron Stripling, Scott Wendholt, Michael Phillip Mossman
Trombones: Michael Davis, Keith O'Quinn, Larry Farrell, Dave Taylor (bass)
Piano: Phil Markowitz
Bass: Dennis Irwin
Guitar: James Chirillo
Drums: John Riley, Brian Brake
Technical Credits:
Producer: Bob Mintzer; Tom Jung
Engineer: Tom Jung
Recorded at Ambient Studios, Stamford, Connecticut on May 16 & 17, 2000. Includes liner notes by Bob Mintzer.
Homage to Count Basie
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Joe Beck & David Sanborn (1975)

This cool Fusion classic was recorded in 1975 and features players which are stalwarts of the genre such as : Joe Beck (Guitar), David Sanborn (Alto Sax), Don Grolnick (Keyboards), Steve Khan (Guitar), Chris Parker (Drums) and Ray Mantilla (Percussion). Also included are two bonus tracks : 'Ain't it Good' and 'Spoon's Theme'. (Amazon)
Popular, crossover smash session linking two instrumental pop stars for a 1975 album. Beck played in a slick, light style, while Sanborn, although restrained, would occasionally slip in a hot blues lick or a fluid alto solo. It has been reissued on CD. (AMG)
Tracklist:
01. Star Fire 04:34
02. Cactus 04:58
03. Texas Ann 07:56
04. Red Eye 07:14
05. Cafe Black Rose 04:26
06. Brothers And Others 06:27
07. Ain't It Good 07:31
08. Spoon's Theme 06:56
Beck & Sanborn
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Andrea Marcelli: Beyond the Blue (2008)

Andrea Marcelli: born in Rome, in 01/22/1962. Graduated in 1986 from the L. Refice Conservatory in Frosinone (Rome) in Classical Clarinet, Jazz Composition and Arrangement. He also attended clinics with Tommy Campbell and Peter Erskine. Worked as featured drummer playing shows for RAI Television from 1982 to 1988 also with the St.Louis Big Band directed by Bruno Biriaco (82/86), including the Live TV Show, "Unicef", "Il Nastro D`Argento" and "Domenica In" 82,83,84 for Pippo Baudo. The big band has included occasionally Baldo Maestri, Sal Genovese and Paolo Fresu. Among other TV shows that Marcelli performed are: Tandem, DOC, Blitz, Orecchiocchio,"La Musica c`e`, Il Piacere dell`Estate, Vediamoci sul 2, Cartoni Magici. Andrea also composed and recorded 7 CDs of Library music for Films, TV and Radio for Primrose Music, Flippermusic and Fonit Cetra broadcasted world-wide. More than 190 of his compositionas have been recorded in CD. Andrea moved to USA in 1989 spending 8 years in Los Angeles and 4 in New York and quickly gaining a Special Green Card Visa as a "First preference Alien wth Extraordinary abilities in the Field of Jazz".
Tracklist:
01. Between Poles 08:03
02. Summer Nights 05:54
03. Herbst (Autumn) 06:24
04. The Meaning of the Family 07:11
05. Beyond the Blue 06:04
06. Orange Green 05:26
07. Fragments 03:42
08. Distances 06:22
09. Still 03:16
10. Retirantes 05:24
11. Emotions 03:11
12. Welcome 02:58
13. Between Poles, reprise 05:57
14. More Orange 01:00
Persommel: Andrea Marcelli - drums, Mike Stern - guitar, Eddie Gomez - bass, Bob Mintzer - tenor sax,  Mitchel Forman - piano
Beyond The Blue Feat. Mike Stern, Eddie Gomez, Bob Mintzer, Mitchel Forman
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Monday, December 13, 2010

Tom Schuman: Deep Chill (2004)

"DEEP Chill" is an eclectic blend of original and familiar melodies. Tom Schuman has invited some of the greatest artists in the business to join him: Peter White, Chuck Loeb, Jeff Kashiwa and vocalist Angei, just to name a few. The music on this CD is fresh and vibrant using the new "chill" format as a template for its overall demeanor. But it goes beyond anything that resembles this format and takes on a deeper, more adventurous path reinventing itself song after song. The familiar melodies previously referred to are Elton John's "Your Song", El Debarge's "All This Love", and finally, a funky gospel version of the song Aretha Franklin made famous, "Until You Comeback To Me". Tom Schuman's "Fearless Fostic" featuring Jeff Kashiwa, opens the CD with a funky groove that makes you want to dance away your troubles. Deep Chill then sets you up for a romantic evening at home or traveling in the car with your loved one. Guaranteed to chill you out with its great ballads, steaming rhythms and cool melodies.
JazzTimes (p.83) - "['Everybody Knows'] has groovy, computer-enhanced vocal inflections....Most of the album is filled with jazz, funk, R&B vocals, Latin, pop and fusion."
When exploring the true essence of keyboardist Tom Schuman, his skills as a jazz influence has yet to be completely realized; however, his ability to entertain and mesmerize his many legions of fans is already a given. Known primarily as the man behind the vibe for Spyro Gyra for more than 25 years, Tom has sporadically jumped out as a solo artist at various times during his tenure with the group. He has appeared on and co-written many of Spyro Gyra’s albums, in addition to serving as sideman and producer for other groups as well. His latest release entitled ‘Deep Chill’ continues a degree of illumination, while providing additional insight into the creative flow of Tom Schuman; arranger, composer and keyboardist for one of contemporary jazz’s most prolific groups.
An important fact about Tom Schuman most people do not know is that he is classically trained, with a talent that was recognized at a very early age. On top of that his penchant for jazz has been self-directed and has proven to be a tremendous asset; not only for Spyro Gyra, but to himself and other groups as well. This time out ‘Deep Chill’ re-visits Tom’s contemporary jazz influences once again. His previous release as a solo artist pushed him more into the direction of mainstream. That previous recording was not what most of his fans expected; therefore, he was definitely misunderstood and the level of acceptance for that particular CD was not very high. On the other hand, this newest release is a cut above and puts listeners in a state that allows them to do exactly what is intended: “Take a chill pill.’
‘Deep Chill’ is an album that grabs the listening palate from the onset. The CD is filled with a familiar blend of cover songs and melodic originals, all of which are deeply rooted in the influences of jazz, R&B and pop. To magnify the essence of this recording even more, Tom includes the skillful instrumental articulations of Peter White, Chuck Loeb, Jeff Kashiwa and a host of other notable musicians to keep ‘Deep Chill’ in focus mode. The first track entitled “Fearless Fostic” is one of nine original Schuman compositions. That tune in itself sets the stage for Tom’s intuitive approach. Relying on saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa as a backdrop, Tom provides a bit of funk-oriented antics to get a picturesque groove going; one that is light on funk but has a bit of toe-tapping action attached to its rhythm. Another jewel can be found on “Everybody Knows,” a song that captures your attention with the syncopated vocal radio improvisations of Jessie Galante, a driving bassline and Tom’s ever present melody in front. Other tracks providing cover for ‘Deep Chill’ includes Elton John’s “Your Song,” Aretha Franklin’s “Until You Come Back To Me” and El DeBarge’s “All This Love,” all of which have a profound impact upon Tom Schuman’s chill factor concept.
One of the more intriguing aspects of Tom Schuman’s ability is the fact that he is so multi-faceted. He is one of the most skilled songwriters, arrangers and producers of his generation. These attributes coupled with his superb musicianship places Tom in a category of unparalleled proportions. ‘Deep Chill’ puts yet another creative feather in Schuman’s hat as a contemporary jazz influence. Although he is best known for his history with Spyro Gyra, Tom Schuman is gradually being recognized by the general public as one of the most significant artists of his time. ‘Deep Chill’ provides the platform for continued growth and acceptance.
Personnel:Peter White - guitar
Tom Schuman - keyboards, programming
Jeff Kashiwa - alto saxophone
Dave Charles - percussion
Tracklist:
1. Fearless Fostic
2. All This Love
3. Coming Attractions
4. Your Song
5. Everybody Knows
6. Quality Time
7. Habla Serio
8. Y B Lonely
9. Redondo Beach
10. Pleasure & Pain
11. More Than Just Love
12. Until You Come Back to Me

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Jimsaku: Best Selection (1995)

Jimsaku was a drums and bass duo formed by Akira Jimbo and Tetsuo Sakurai in 1990, after they left the Japanese jazz/fusion band Casiopea. They released 10 albums and one best of collection, and disbanded in 1998.
Tracklist
1. Gypsy Romance
2. Centro Habana
3. Muchacha Bonita
4. Japanese Title
5. Songs De Go Go
6. Wind Loves Us
7. I'm Gonna Catch You
8. Alisa
9. 261 Broadway
10. Awekening
11. Club Wired
12. Sunshade
Best Selection
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

John Patitucci: One More Angel (1997)

Though One More Angel demonstrates bass-master John Patitucci's skills both as a composer and artist, in allowing others to contribute in both ways, Patitucci demonstrates a rare modesty that combines well with his musical role as a strong but subtle support rather than an overbearing titular lead. Featuring Impulse! artist Michael Brecker on tenor sax and Patitucci's wife Sachi on cello, in addition to pianist Alan Pasqua, tenor sax Chris Potter (who fills the role well in Brecker's absence), and drummer Paul Motian, Angel mixes noir-y slink and mournful silk to express sadness and strength through repetitive themes and flowing orchestrations. ~ Matthew Robinson, All Music Guide ”
Tracklist
01 - Quasimodo
02 - Arrival
03 - One The Hudson
04 - Sachi's Eyes
05 - San Michele
06 - One More Angel
07 - Romance
08 - Snowbound
09 - Notre Dame (Cathedral)
10 - Beloved
Personnel
Paul Motian - Drums
Alan Pasqua - Piano
Chris Potter - Sax (Tenor)
Steve Tavaglione - Sax (Soprano)
Thomas Patitucci - Guitar (Acoustic)
John Beasley - Synthesizer, Piano
Michael Brecker - Sax (Tenor)
John Patitucci - Guitar (Bass), Piccolo, Producer, Bass (Acoustic)
Sachi Patitucci - Cellor
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Larry Washington: Spiritual Conversations (2005)

A new experience in Smooth Jazz from Drummer, Writer and Multi - Instrumentalist, Larry Washington. Larry takes you on a jazzy but funky journey combining artistry, melodic textures & pulsating rhythms.
"We had the opportuniy to see Larry perform at Idllywild Jazz Festival. We rushed and bought Spiritual Conversations!" -Tom & Sylvia Winters, Las Vegas, NV
"Superb!! What a CD!!" - T.H., Santa Monica, CA
"I'm amazed how Larry is able to capture the essence of a mood within the first couple of bars in a tune and draws you in. He's brought in some top notch players. Some of the funky songs had my head noddin' right from the start, and others that had more of a 'night groove' brought out a satisfied sigh...all of them had me turning up my cd player. His ability to blend in the spiritual made him a natural choice for ads on our 'Sacred & Smooth' show on Sunday mornings." - Dave DeAndrea, Program Director, Smooth Jazz 105.9 KYSJ
Tracklist:
1. Transitions 4:59
2. Conversations 4:54
3. Mirror 6:24
4. Night Dreams 4:00
5. Feelin' It 5:41
6. Visions 5:29   
7. Thirty - Seven 5:07
8. The Journey (Miles Behind Me) 5:49 
9. What If? 1:20
10. Role Reversal 4:07
11. Joy 5:06 
12. The Mirror (Word) 0:46
13. Transitions (Remix) 5:00
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Jimmy Raney: Momentum (1974)

This 1974 LP marked a comeback for Jimmy Raney, following his long layoff from the music business in order to make a full recovery from alcoholism. Accompanied by bassist Richard Davis and drummer Alan Dawson, the guitarist is in terrific form as he explores several standards, a bossa nova-flavored "Nobody Else but Me," and a driving take of "Just Friends." He composed the other two works heard on the date. His piece, "'Momentum," is a reworking of an earlier original he called "Motion," both of which are obviously based upon the chord changes to "You Stepped Out of a Dream." "We'll Be Together" is an original ballad (set to words he wrote earlier, according to liner-note writer Ira Gitler), though it sounds as if it was partially inspired by "Autumn in New York"; it also features a strong solo by Davis. Originally released on MPS and reissued by Pausa, this record has been unavailable for quite some time, but it can be found with a diligent search.
Tracklist:1. Momentum
2. Autumn Leaves
3. The Best Thing For You Is Me
4. Nobody Else But Me
5. We'll Be Together
6. Just Friends
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mario Biondi: Yes You Live (2010) [2 CD]

Released on 26 November, the live double CD entitled Mario Biondi "Yes you". The album contains twenty songs taken from recordings of the concerts held last summer by the artist in Taormina and Palermo: the first live tracks were taken as the second most electric ones mood. "Yes you" is enriched by a new song that gives title to the album.
Catanese of orgini but transplanted several years ago in Parma, Mario Biondi has released his debut album "Handful of Soul" in 2006. At the debut album was followed by "I Love You More" from 2007 and "If", ADVERTISING in 2009.
Tracklist:
CD 1
1. Intro medley
2. Nature boy
3. Serenity
4. Something that was beautiful
5. Black shop
6. Be lonely
7. Little b’s poem
8. Cry anymore
9. Winter in America
10. Love dreamer
11. Extasy
CD 2
1. I know it’s over
2. I wanna make it
3. If
4. No more trouble
5. Lowdown
6. I can get enough
7. Bom de doer
8. Everlasting harmony
9. Yes You
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4 Trombones: The Debut Recordings (1953)

Four of the greatest jazz trombonist combine and produce a high-energy blast of trombone action. You even get the wild man Charlie Mingus in the rhythm section, shouting what he feels!
Tracklist:1. Wee Dot
2. Stardust
3. Move
4. I'll Remember April
5. Now's the Time
6. Trombosphere
7. Ow!
8. Chazzanova
Personnel:J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Willie Dennis, Bennie Green (trombone),
John Lewis (piano),
Charles Mingus (bass),
Art Taylor (drums).
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Monday, December 6, 2010

Bootsy Collins: Back in the Day: The Best of Bootsy (1994)

Can it get any better? If aliens came down needing to know what funk was all about, in all its talented, embrace-anything-and-everything, screw with your head and get your butt down glory, then this is a prime candidate for what to give them. The man, his voice, his bass, the backing of a prime core band including his guitarist brother Catfish, Fred Wesley, and Maceo Parker leading the brass -- beautiful, hilarious, and just plain great. This one-disc collection could easily be a two-disc or more if one wanted to include every last highlight from Collins' up-down-all-around career -- his work with James Brown alone is beyond the bomb -- but when it comes to solo work, this is as perfect a place to start as any. Drawing mostly on the albums done with the active help of George Clinton in the late '70s, Back in the Day is a model for what a good compilation should be. Sound is excellent throughout, while full details on who plays what and where, along with where everything came from in the first place, all appear in exhaustive detail. The liner notes, meanwhile, come from longtime funk road manager (Brown, Prince, plenty of others) Alan Leeds, explaining every step of Collins' wonderful story. Collins himself gets in a great concluding bit of thanks and message that's a joy to read, and needless to say the photos of him in his sunglassed late-'70s star-bass-guitar glory abound. And the music? "Bootzilla," "Stretchin' Out (In a Rubber Band)," and "Pinocchio Theory" are just three jam masterpieces of many. A couple of fine rarities flesh things out; "What So Never the Dance," recorded in 1971 when Collins' band was still known as the House Guests, is a great slice of greasy, JB-tinged funk. "Body Slam!" shows him getting to grips with electro nicely, while "Scenery," originally a B-side ballad, has him doing his loveman-goes-nuts deal at the end. A fierce 1976-era live take on "Psychoticbumpschool," with the Horny Horns in full blow, wraps up this fantastic collection.
Tracklist:
01. Ahh... The Name Is Bootsy, Baby                                                                                    
02. Stretchin' Out (In A Rubber Band)                                                                                   
03. The Pinocchio Theory                                                                                               
04. Hollywood Squares                                                                                                  
05. I'd Rather Be With You                                                                                             
06. Bootzilla                                                                                                          
07. What So Never The Dance                                                                                            
08. Can't Stay Away                                                                                                    
09. Jam Fan (Hot)                                                                                                       
10. Mug Push                                                                                                           
11. Body Slam                                                                                                           
12. Scenery                                                                                                            
13. Vanish In Our Sleep                                                                                                 
14. Psychoticbumpschool ‘Live’   
Personnel includes: Bootsy Collins (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion); Gary "Mudbone" Cooper, Rufus Allen (vocals); Robert "Peanut" Johnson (vocals, percussion); Phelps "Catfish" Collins, Gary Shider, Michael Hampton (guitar); Maceo Parker, Randy Wallace (saxophone); Rick Gardner, Richard "Kush" Griffith, Clayton "Chicken" Gunnells, Ronnie Greenway (trumpet); Fred Wesley (trombone); Kae Williams, Jr. (piano); Joel "Razor Sharp" Johnson (keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Bernie Worrell (keyboards); Frankie "Kash" Waddy, Cordell "Boogie" Mosson (drums); Mallia Franklin, Sheila Hayden, Lynn Mabry, Cynthia Girty, Tony Walker, Carolyn Myles (background vocals).
Producers: William Collins, Phelps "Catfish" Collins, Clayton "Chicken" Gunnells, Chopper, George Clinton.
Compilation producer: Alan Leeds.
Recorded between 1970 and 1980.
All songs written or co-written by William Collins or George Clinton.
Label: Warner
Orig Year: 1994
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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Ben Sidran: Nick's Bump (2004)

Top jazz recording by stellar jazz performer/composer who blazes new trails while paying homage to those who came before him. As good a CD as you will find. Not commercial but ever so good!
(From Customer Review, Amazon.com)
Tracklist:
01. Little Sherry (3:30)
02. Cryin' Blues (4:36)
03. Black Jack (7:12)
04. Blue Panther (5:02)
05. The Cats (0:20)
06. Zambia (6:00)
07. Mean Greens (5:08)
08. Listen Here (5:51)
09. Blue Minor (6:29)
10. Nick's Bump (4:06)
Musicians:
Ben Sidran: organ (Hammond), Liner Notes, Wurlitzer,
Bob Rockwell: flute, sax tenor
Leo Sidran: percussion, drums
Billy Peterson: bass
Tony Castaneda: percussion
Guest appearance:
Art Blakey - Dizzy Gillespie
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Jeff “Tain” Watts Quintet: Detained at the Blue Note (2004)

Drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts leads his quintet plus guest altoist Kenny Garrett through extended versions of four of his originals (all of which he had recorded previously in the studio) plus Bjцrk's "107 Steps." While "107 Steps" and "JC Is the Man" (which is more Thelonious Monk than John Coltrane) are fine, it is not until Garrett makes his first appearance on "Mr. JJ" (which is more Coltrane than J.J. Johnson) that this set really explodes. Garrett's passion inspires Watts during their midsong duet and adds a great deal of energy during the three songs on which he appears, completely stealing the show. Watts takes a surprise vocal on "Like the Rose" and plays with intensity throughout the performance, but it is Kenny Garrett who makes the music something special; it is a pity that he is not on the first two numbers. ~ Scott Yanow
Tracklist
1. 107 Steps – Jeff “Tain” Watts, Bjork 13:47
2. JC Is the Man 10:56
3. Mr. JJ 11:54
4. Sigmund Groid 19:03
5. Like the Rose 15:10
Personel
Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums;
Kenny Garrett – alto saxophone;
Dave Kikoski – piano;
Eric Revis – bass;
David Gilmor – guitar;
Marcus Strickland – tenor saxophone
Detained at the Blue Note
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Brian Hughes: Along the Way (2003)

Considering the musical journey that Brian Hughes has been on since becoming one of contemporary jazz's most popular guitarists, it's beautifully appropriate that he titled his long anticipated A440 Music Group debut Along the Way. Showcasing his most exciting melodies and guitar performances to date, the collection reflects on his cross country move from Toronto to Los Angeles and features guest performances from contemporary jazz stars, saxophonist Eric Marienthal and trumpet sensation Chris Botti.
"There is definitely a travel theme to Along The Way", says Hughes, "inspired partly by my move to Southern California and also by my extensive touring with (multi-platinum selling vocalist/recording artist) Loreena McKennitt " (a 16 year relationship of recording and performing that continues to this day). "In a way the new CD is a kind of loosely knit collection of musical postcards from my travels and the title serves as a metaphor for my musical journey."
"The move to Los Angeles has been very inspirational and the fantastic musicians who performed on Along The Way and make up my touring group, (bassist Tim Landers, well known for his work with guitarists Al Di Meola & Lee Ritenour, Neil Wilkinson, a top British session drummer who has worked with Paul McCartney, Van Morrison & Gil Evans to name a few, percussionist Jason Hann, who tours with Isaac Hayes & Rickie Lee Jones and longtime band member pianist Les Portelli), really take the music to new heights."
The musical chemistry is evident on Along The Way and Brian and the band have electrified audiences at festival and concert dates across the country. With his sizzling fret work and infectious compositions the media are accurate in saying: "Both a great artist and an accessible one. His passion is so obvious, intense and contagious, that his audience shares it.
Tracklist01. Along the Way
02. Picture This
03. Cruisin' Route 66
04. Omaha Unbound
05. Son y Lola
06. Brighter Day
07. Thinkin' of You
08. Wherever You Are
09. Endless Road
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Larry Carlton: Christmas At My House (1989)

You probably think, "Aargh, another Christmas album!" Surprisingly, this is a great one. Larry Carlton is at his best on "Little Drummer Boy" and "The Christmas Song". Every time I play this at Christmas, everyone wants to know "who is that, anyway?" There are 2 nice surprises on the album - a great pop tune called "Ringing the Bells of Christmas" sung by Michele Pillar and "The Christmas Song" (vocal) also by Pillar. Her voice is gorgeous - rich, deep, clear highs. Reminiscent of Karen Carpenter, but much more sultry and mature. Carlton has all the usual suspects on the album as well, including Kirk Whalum, Terry Trotter, Abe Laboriel. A real family album. A real nice one, too! Merry Christmas!
Tracklist
01. The Christmas Song (Instrumental Version)
02. Winter Wonderland
03. Silent Night / It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
04. White Christmas
05. The Holly And The Ivy
06. Ringing The Bells Of Christmas
07. What Child Is This?
08. The Little Drummer Boy
09. Joy To The World
10. My Favorite Things / We Three Kings Of Orient Are
11. The Christmas Song (Album Version)

Personnel

Larry CarltonPrimary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Christopher CrossBackground Vocals
Karen BlakeBackground Vocals
Michele PillarVocals
Robbie BuchananKeyboards
John FerraroDrums
Clare FischerKeyboards
Michael FisherPercussion
Abraham Laboriel Sr.Bass
David PackBackground Vocals
Jeff PorcaroDrums
Terry TrotterKeyboards
Kirk WhalumSaxophone

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cliff DeMarks: Outstanding Music (2010)

Atlanta-based musician Cliff deMarks composes and produces music in a variety of styles and genres. He plays the piano, bass and drums, and is also an excellent reed man. Cliff plays lush Classic and Smooth Jazz, New Age Ambient, Electronic, Dance Music, and Neoclassical piano solos. He has produced over 45 CDs, with four more on the way. Cliff is always shepherding new music ideas from a concept in his head to a fully realized piece of music. His rich and inventive melodies and his bass and drum lines are a powerful armature for Cliff's well-crafted music projects.
Tracklist:
01. City Love
02. Rejoice (D. Benoit)
03. Bi-Coastal
04. East Bumper (480 East)
05. Encounter On The Dance Floor
06. Moring Dream
07. Spice House
08. Vegas 5
09. One Layer
10. Burn It Blue
11. In Good Company
12. Love You More
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Paul Brown: Love You Found Me (2010)

Paul's newest album is entitled Love You Found Me and is scheduled for release September 28th on Shanachie Entertainment. Paul invited a lot of great musicians to his new project like Jeff Carruthers, Dax Reynosa, Boney James, DeYon Dobson, Michael Ripoll and more. For further details about the musicians scroll down to the really big list.
The album starts with the bluesy Sugarfish. A relaxed finger snapping melody with a hooking aura Paul has co-written with Jeff Carruthers. Jeff already worked with Paul on his albums Up Front and White Sand.
Toast And Jam features famous sax player Jessy J and Dax Reynosa in a clapping club style. Paul Brown already recorded with Dax on Euge Groove's album Sunday Morning. Paul paints the melody in mellow accurate chords on guitar.
On Strollin' Paul takes a night walk on the George Benson avenue accompanied by companion Richard Elliot on sax. Euge Groove, who co-wrote this tune with Paul, plays keys, drums and bass. A remarkable detail.
The title song Love You Found Me showcases Paul in a spectacular role as singer. He did a great job on this ballade. Often stands the instrumental part of an album In The Shadows. Not on Paul's new album. He displays the hooking melody with steady tones.
It was really easy for Paul Brown to wrote Let Me Love You. He is married with the wonderful beauty Jacqui Brown, who was responsible for the vocal production on Love You Found Me and The One You Lean On. The last-named song shows Paul in a earthy and bluesy attitude. Peter White once commented: "When Paul and I work together, we resist the temptation to be too clever; we try to make music that moves you in your gut." This is exactly Paul's motif on this album.
On Right Back At Ya Paul seamlessly performs his electric guitar with Marc Antoine's acoustic guitar, which gives this song a special attraction, we already loved on ForeignXchange. Honestly, Paul is a real charmer and when he performs Midnight Kiss, women will melt.
Is Paul Brown the next Bob Dylan? On End Of The Day he strongly performs in that style. The final tune Shine Shoes features singer genius Al Jarreau. He hopes to start recording later this year and release by the summer of 2011. According to Billboard Al will use this song for his new album.
Love You Found Me uncovers a new facet of great guitarist and singer Paul Brown. His music is not political, social or philosophical, but he is an extraordinary composer. With that talent he shows a new entertaining direction, smooth jazz can go today's.
Featuring:
Paul Brown - guitars, drums, percussion and vocals;
Jeff Carruthers - keys, bass, drums, rhythm guitar, arrangement;
Greg Adams - flugel horn;
Jessy J - flute, tenor sax;
Marco Basci - keys, drums, arrangement;
Richard Elliot - sax;
Euge Groove - keys, drums, bass, sax, arrangement;
Roberto Vally - bass;
Michael Ripoll - rhythm guitar, bass, arrangement;
Brandon Coleman -keys;
Philippe Saisse - keys;
Cedric Anderson - drums;
Dax Reynosa - vocals;
Nick Tashjian - bass, drums;
Marc Antoine - nylon guitar, bass, keys;
Jerry Hey - horns;
Tommy Kay - rhythm guitar;
Al Jarreau - vocals, background vocals;
DW3 - background vocals;
Boney James - arrangement.
WebSite: PaulBrownJazz.com
Tracklist:
01. Sugarfish [3:38]
02. Toast And Jam [4:33]
03. Strollin' [4:23]
04. Love You Found Me [4:01]
05. In The Shadows [3:57]
06. Let Me Love You [4:56]
07. The One You Lean On [3:26]
08. Right Back At Ya [3:43]
09. Midnight Kiss [4:00]
10. End Of The Day [3:11]
11. Shine Shoes [3:57]
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Oregon: In Stride (2010)

What a milestone: 40 years! It seems like yesterday that "Our First Record" changed the course of events, arriving in a flash at this latest release "In Stride", with the same energy, the same desire to explore and keep in the game, consistently, and once again. «In Stride» envelopes the entire history of this band; it enhances the compositional talent of these four musicians, magnifies their voices as soloists and, above all, recalls in case you need reminding that strange and magical alchemy which transformed this quartet into Oregon.
Tracklist:
01. Hop-To-It [6:00]
02. As She Sleeps [5:02]
03. Nacao [5:02]
04. Summer's End [5:05]
05. On the Rise [7:09]
06. Glacial Blue [1:10]
07. Aeolus [5:38]
08. Song for a Friend [4:33]
09. Petroglyph [5:45]
10. The Cat Piano [3:33]
11. In Stride [6:51]
Personnel:
Paul McCandless: oboe, English horn, soprano, flutes
Ralph Towner: classical guitar, twelve strings, synth guitar, piano
Glen Moore: double bass
Mark Walker: drums, hand percussion
In Stride
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